A curtain (sometimes known as a drape, mainly in the United States ) is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light , or drafts, or water in the case of a shower curtain. A curtain is also the movable screen or drape in a theater that separates the stage from theauditoriumor that serves as a backdrop.
Curtains hung over a doorway are known as portières. Curtains are often hung on the inside of a building 's windows to block the passage of light , for instance at night to aid sleeping, or to stop light from escaping outside thebuilding (stopping people outside from being able to see inside, often for privacy reasons). In this application, they are also known as "draperies". Curtains come in a variety of shapes, materials, sizes, colorsand patterns , and they often have their own sections within department stores, while some shops are completely dedicated to selling curtains.
Curtains vary according to cleanability, ultraviolet light deterioration, oil and dust retention, noise absorption, fire resistance, and life span. Curtains may be moved by hand , with cords, by press- button pads or remote-controlled computers . They are held out of the way of the window by means of curtain tie-backs. Measuring curtain sizes needed for each window varies greatly according to the type of curtain needed, window size, and type and weight of curtain.